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The Love of a Stranger – Bonobos Care About Others

January 3, 2013

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For the last month we have been reminded that Christmas is a time for sharing. But at the start of a new year how many of us carry this sentiment through the rest of the calendar months and how many of us would put a stranger before someone we know? Our natural tendency if we […]

Is your child smarter than a chimp?

June 9, 2011

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Most parents I know take great pride in bragging about how smart their kids are. Is this something they inherit? Or does it boil down to how much effort mummy and daddy put into developing their cognitive skills? Scientists say babies’ sensory organs are not fully developed at birth and need fine tuning, so the early childhood […]

Standing tall – the fighting advantage of our ancestors

May 19, 2011

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I’m a Londoner born and bred. A rare breed in the capital which has become a melting pot of “diversity”. While I was growing up my mother ensured that my tones remained dulcet by sending me to speech and drama lessons. Every now and again the proper Sarf London accent comes out, but only when […]

Good food always gets a mention, so pay attention!

April 27, 2011

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On Easter Monday I dropped in to see my parents and dragged the Northerner with me (he wasn’t kicking and screaming, I should add). My mother who is an ace cook and has the love-handles to prove it, made us a wonderful meal: masala chicken; daal; rice and parathas. Unlike me, the Northerner likes to […]